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D'Addario Nickel Bronze Acoustic Balanced Tension, .0135 - .056, NB13556BT

D'Addario Nickel Bronze Acoustic Balanced Tension, .0135 - .056, NB13556BT
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By Don
New Hampshire
String search
October 7, 2021
I have a lot of acoustic guitars. My first guitar was a (new) 1963 gray Harmony f-hole that I played with monel strings because they looked good on it. I graduated to a new 1965 Hoboken made Guild D-40 (still the queen in my collection) and moved on from there. My newest guitar is a Collings D1T. It came with and plays and sounds fantastic with D'Addario EJ17s. The build of the guitar is such that the tension on the G string inhibits the side to side vibration pattern common to all strings - but the sound is incredible. Regardless, I keep trying new strings to see if I can find one that allows the G string to vibrate side to side (including exotic strings such as Santa Cruz medium and low tension, Martin titanium, all kinds - so far no luck). The latest try is the 13-56 medium nickel bronze strings from D'Addario. They did not solve the vibration observation but the tonal quality and the playablility is great. I will be trying the 12-56 light top/medium bottom next. The look of the nickel plate strings harkens back to the monel days.
As good as the phosphor bronze - slightly different sound maybe their "look" might bother some traditionalists
By Kenny A.
Hendersonville NC
Great Strings
May 27, 2021
Great service
By Stan A.
Miami Shores, Fl
My new favorite strings
March 3, 2021
I bought these for my steel-bodied resonator, which I play with a slide. They've got just the right tone for me-- just a little metallic, but just enough to get the most out of the resonator. I recommend these!
By Mike M.
Aiea, HI
Hear the Guitar, Not the Strings
September 16, 2020
I've been playing guitar for more than 60 years. I am a long-time fan of D'Addario strings for their tone, consistency, and reliability. I used EJ17s for years, switched to EXP17s when they came out, switched to XTs, and now am trying the Nickel Bronze strings. I used to like brightness, but now enjoy a more mellow tone. I've also switched to heavier picks (my current favorites are Blue Chip TPR 35s and V-Picks Medium Round Ultra Lights). Nickel Bronze strings have a lovely, natural sound that is very organic (less string sound and more guitar). I'm now trying the Nickel Bronze Balanced Tension mediums (13.5 to 56) and I love them. I don't so much notice the balanced tension as much as I notice how the strings and guitar sound. The sound is very balanced and what I hear is the guitar, not the strings. I play dreadnaughts and am used to a heavier bottom, but these strings even things out and make the sound more balanced and enjoyable. So now I hear the wood, not the strings. It is a very different and noticeable difference that I really like.
Balance. I hear the guitar and the wood more and the strings less. None.
D'Addario Nickel Bronze Acoustic Balanced Tension, .0135 - .056, NB13556BT
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